Dr. Sean Bruna

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Assistant Professor Western Washington UniversityAnthropology Work Western Washington University Department of Anthropology; Arntzen Hall 315 516 High Street Bellingham WA 98225 United States Work Phone: (360) 650-2290 Work Fax: (360) 650-7668 Website: Academic Website
Research Interests

I am a medical anthropologist and use mixed-methods research to examine the intersections of identity and chronic disease, with a focus on diabetes in American Indian communities. I have training in team science, inter/transdisciplinary research, comparative effectiveness research (CER), and community based participatory research (CBPR) in frontier and urban settings.

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Dr. Mara Buchbinder

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Assistant Professor UNC Chapel HillSocial Medicine School 333 S. Columbia Street MacNider 341A CB 7240 Chapel Hill NC 27599 USA Work Phone: 919.843.6881
Research Interests

Mara Buchbinder, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UNC – Chapel Hill. Dr. Buchbinder’s current research examines the clinical encounter as a platform for exploring the sociocultural and political forces that shape the organization and delivery of healthcare in the United States, with a particular focus on the role of language in medicine. Dr. Buchbinder also has interests in the ethical dimensions of clinical communication and the patient-provider relationship.

Dr. Buchbinder’s forthcoming book, All in Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain (University of California Press, 2015), draws on ethnographic fieldwork in a multidisciplinary pediatric pain clinic to explore how clinicians, adolescent patients, and their families understand and work to alleviate intractable pain. Phenomenological approaches to pain have flourished in recent years because pain has been cast as a private experience that shatters language and evades representation. And yet, despite the obvious epistemological constraints on apprehending another’s internal states, language is what translates pain from the solitary and unknowable to a phenomenon that is richly described in literature, medicine, and everyday life. All in Your Head builds on phenomenological accounts but situates pain within an intersubjective context to emphasize the relational, everyday means through which chronic pain is understood and managed. Through careful attention to the language of pain and detailed analysis of how pain sufferers make meaning through interactions with others, the book reveals that however private pain may be, making sense of it is profoundly social.

Dr. Buchbinder is currently working on a new project that explores the ethical dimensions of mandated-counseling abortion laws, as well as the language ideologies underlying these laws and the scripting of clinical speech. In this project, she traces the multiple, complex, and ambivalent relationships between language and action at the intersections of medicine, ethics, and the law.


Megan A. Carney

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Lecturer & Visiting Scholar University of Washington & Arizona State UniversityAnthropology Website: https://washington.academia.edu/MeganCarney
Research Interests

Megan A. Carney is a sociocultural and critical medical anthropologist specializing in gendered migration, migrant health, food insecurity, mental health, and immigration policy. She conducts research with Latin@ immigrants in the Western US, and with North African and Middle Eastern immigrants in southern Italy. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Washington and a Visiting Scholar at Arizona State University. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Douglas A. Feldman

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Professor of Anthropology State University of New York at BrockportAnthropology Work Department of Anthropology State University of New York at Brockport 350 New Campus Drive Brockport NY 14420 USA Work Phone: 585.723.4658 Home Phone: 585.395.5709 Cell Phone: 585.576.7601
Research Interests

Douglas A. Feldman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Anthropology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York near Rochester, New York, and Past President of the Society for Medical Anthropology – an international organization with over 1,300 members. He is the former Chair of his current Department, and has served as Professor, Academic Director, and Institute Director at Nova Southeastern University near Fort Lauderdale, Florida; President of D.A. Feldman & Associates, Inc. – an HIV/AIDS social research organization; Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine and faculty member of the M.P.H. Program; and founding Executive Director of the AIDS Center of Queens County – the AIDS service organization for the borough of Queens in New York City.

As a leader in AIDS and anthropology, and more broadly medical anthropology, he was the first anthropologist to develop as Principal Investigator a research study on HIV/AIDS in the United States in 1982 – among gay men in New York City. He also was the first anthropologist to do a research study on AIDS in Africa in 1985 – among hospitalized persons with AIDS in Rwanda. He started the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group in 1986, which had rapidly grown under his leadership. In 1987, Dr. Feldman led the formation of an AIDS service organization in the face of strong, and sometimes violent, community opposition. In 1988, he influenced AIDS policy in Bangladesh after meeting with government officials and the media. That same year, he founded the American Anthropological Association Task Force on AIDS.

He has also conducted AIDS social/behavioral research in Zambia, Senegal, Uganda, Hungary, and Florida. His published books include The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory (1986), Culture and AIDS (1990), Global AIDS Policy (1994), The AIDS Crisis: A Documentary History (1998), AIDS, Culture, and Africa (2008), Ethnicity and Health Care Delivery: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2009), and AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men (2010), as well as 78 other papers, posters, and articles. He has served as an expert witness on HIV/AIDS for eight law firms. Dr. Feldman has served as elected Treasurer and member of the Membership Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, member of committees for the Institute of Medicine, elected member of the Nominations Committee of the American Anthropological Association, and elected board member of the Society for Medical Anthropology. He served as the Chair of the Friends of the Society for Applied Anthropology Committee. He is the recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology (1996), and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology (2008). He is the Chair of the SMA Career Achievement Award Committee.

Robert A. Hahn PhD, MPH.

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Senior Scientist US Centers for Disease Control and PreventionGuide to Community Preventive Services
Research Interests

Robert A. Hahn received his Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University (1976) and his M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Washington (1986). He began his career at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in 1986 in the Epidemic Intelligence Service. He is a member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service. He has conducted anthropological and public health research in Peru, Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Niger, and the Cameroon, and published studies on a variety of topics, including diverse chronic diseases, syphilis and AIDS, obstetrics and internal medicine in the U.S., perinatal ethics, racial and ethnic classification in public health, poverty and death, blindness and breast cancer, and the nocebo phenomenon. He is the author of Sickness and Healing; An Anthropological Perspective (Yale, 1995) and editor (with Marcia Inhorn) of Anthropology and Public Health; Bridging Differences in Culture and Society (Oxford, 2008, second edition). In 1998 – 1999, he worked as a Capitol Hill Fellow in the United States House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs and in the office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Dr. Hahn is a Coordinating Scientist of systematic reviews for the CDC Guide to Community Preventive Services. He has led reviews on excess alcohol prevention and violence prevention, and is currently leading a review on educational interventions to promote health equity.

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